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Chittaurgarh

This magnificent fort is a spectra of romance and chivalry. The ruined Fortier's of Chittaur symbolises all that is brave Chittaurgarh Tour Packages Rajasthan Indiatrue and noble in the Rajput era. This glorious fort was attacked 3 times and every attack involved the ritual of Jauhar. This ritual involved mass immolation, where everyone threw themselves into raging fire or a well, to prevent themselves from the humiliation at the hands of the enemy. The first instance occurred in 1303 when the legendary Rajput beauty, Rani Padmini committed Jauhar with thousands of womenfolk to escape dishonour at the hands of the soldiers of Allaudin Khilji, Sultan of Delhi. The second instance occurred in 1533 when Bikramjeet of Chittaur was attacked by sultan of Gujrat, many women and children lost their lives in the Jauhar led by Rani Karnavati.

The pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives on in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris. This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was ‘Jauhar’ – when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men wearing saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death.

Alauddin Khilji was the first to attack Chittaur in 1303 A.D., overpowered by a passionate desire to possess the regal beauty, queen Padmini. Legend has it, that he saw her face in the reflection of a mirror and was struck by her mesmerising beauty. But the noble queen preferred death to dishonour and committed ‘Jauhar’.

In 1533 A.D, during the rule of Bikramjeet, came the second attack from Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat. Once again Jauhar was led by Rani Karnavati, a Bundi princess. Her infant son, Udai Singh was smuggled out of Chittaur to Bundi who survived to inherit the throne of the citadel. He learnt from his traumatic childhood that discretion is preferred to valour. So, in 1567 A.D., when the Mughal Emperor invaded Chittaur, Udai Singh fled to establish a new capital, Udaipur – a beautiful lake city, leaving behind Chittaur to be defended by two 16-year-old heroes, Jaimal of Bednore and Patta of Kelwa. These young men displayed true Rajput chivalry and died after ‘Jauhar’ was performed. Immediately thereafter Akbar razed the fort to a rubble. Chittaur was never inhabited again but it always was a reminder of the the heroic spirit of Rajput warriors.

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Prime Attractions of Chittaurgarh

» The Fort
The indomitable pride of Chitttaur, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A. D. Perched at a height of 180 m atop a hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The tablets and chhatris within are impressive reminders of Rajput heroism. The main gates are Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. The fort has many magnificent monuments – all fine examples of Rajput architecture.

» Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower)
The imposing 37metre high structure with nine storeys, covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics – Ramayan and Mahabharata was built in 1440 A. D. by Maharana Kumbha, a powerful ruler of Mewar, to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat.

» Padmini’s Palace
Rana Kumbhas Palace Chittaurgarh Travels Rajasthan IndiaBuilt beside a pool, the palace is quite a magnificent one. It was here that Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padmini stood in ‘Zanana Mahal’ – a pavilion in the center and her reflection was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall. After having a glimpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravaging Chittaur in order to possess her.

» Rana Kumbha's Palace
This place is of great historical and architectural interest. It is said that in one of the underground cellars the legendary Rajput beauty, Rani Padmini and other women committed Jauhar. This palace is the biggest monument in the Fort of Chittaur.

» Kirti Sthamb (Tower of Fame)
This 22 m tall tower is dedicated to Adinathji, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. It was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in 12th century A.D., with figures from the Jain pantheon decorating the tower.

» Kalika Mata Temple
Built in the 8th century, as a sun temple it was converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century A.D. This temple of Goddess Kali symbolises, power and valour.

» Gardens and Parks
Pratap Park, Meera Park and Nehru Park are beautifully laid out parks in lush surroundings. Beautiful Khwaja rose garden at Sawa is just 13 km from Chittaur.

» Meerabai Temple
The temple where Meerabai worshipped Lord Krishna is built in north Indian style on a raised plinth with a conical roof and beautiful inner sanctum. An open colonnade around the sanctum has four small pavilions in each corner.

Shopping in Chittaurgarh
Shopping Chittaurgarh Tours & Travels Rajasthan India
The beautiful wooden toys made in Bassi village near Chittaurgarh are the best buys. Besides these, there are thewa articles of Pratapgarh, printed fabrics of Akola and leather mojris of Gangrar.

Favourite shopping spots include Sardar Bazaar, Rana Sanga Market, New Cloth Market, Fort Road Market, Gandhi Chowk and Station Circle.

Places to Stay in Chittaurgarh

There are Standard Hotels and also budget hotels available offering excellent accommodation facilities.

How to get there

» Air
Udaipur (112 km) is the nearest airport.

» Rail
Chittaurgarh railway station is located on the western banks of Gambheri River. It has rail links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota and Delhi.

» Road
The main bus stand is also on the western banks of Gambheri River. There is good bus service for Ajmer, Bundi, Kota and Udaipur from Chittaurgarh.

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